Resources for Teachers & Instructional Coaches – March 2020

This is an unprecedented period as more and more schools are beginning to close down.  However, educators are still trying to find ways to either engage with their students or at least, continue to develop professionally. Here are some useful resources and articles for educators to consume during this time.  Helpful tips for K-12 teachers…

Focus On Teaching: The Benefits of Implementing Inquiry-Based PD

Presenting teachers with choices during professional development can increase engagement and provide an archetype that they can use in the classroom. Exposing teachers to inquiry-based PD experiences provides a strategy that could be used to drive student learning. Giving teachers the opportunity to brainstorm key questions encourages inquiry and establishes autonomy and ownership of the…

Focus on Teaching: PLCs Can Impact Teacher Innovation

Collaboration within professional learning communities (PLCs) helps teachers innovate in the classroom. More teacher collaboration improves student outcomes, according to Edutopia. Effective PLCs share a common definition of student success measures. Beware! A poorly functioning PLC can stifle innovation if the end-result is all teachers doing the same thing. Successful PLCs embrace productive conflict and…

Focus on Teaching: Creating a Culture of Coaching

Instructional coaching is a constructive form of professional development for K-12 schools, and the key to its success is embedding it into the culture of the school, according to Edutopia’s school leadership blog. Instructional coaching has the ability to enact change in a school or an entire district by creating a mindset on constant improvement.…